How to Remove Grease Stains From Wood Flooring

How to Remove Grease Stains From Wood Flooring

Grease is part of those liquid substances which when it comes in contact with wood surfaces, binds to it and makes cleaning difficult. Getting to remove grease stains from wood seems like an impossible task because of the dusty, oily coating that the grease forms on the wood as it cools. 

Luckily, cleaning grease off wood is a very simple process, with the right materials! There are many established approaches that can get this seemingly overwhelming chore done in a just few minutes.

Do you have grease stain on your wood floor? Are you looking for a simple and less time-consuming way to rid of that grease stain?

Then read on to find out all you need to know!

Simple Ways to Remove Grease Stains from Wood

Here are some very simple ways to remove grease stain from your wooden floor.

Vinegar and Soap

Vinegar, especially white vinegar, is very good at removing and cleaning stains because of its alcohol content. Dishwashing soap properties also help in cutting away at grease, making it easy to clean it out. 

“How do you use this?” Did you just ask that? I got you covered!

  • Use a clean cloth to wipe away gently from the grease and remove excess grease from the wood. 
  • Combine the white vinegar with warm water in equal parts. 
  • Now dip the sponge in this cleaning solution using your clean sponge, and wipe the grease off the stained area. The vinegar solution will instantly begin to act on the grease and cleanse the stained wood.  
  • Moving your sponge around the grease in gentle, circular motions to ensure the stain does not spread any further. 
  • Continue to use this cleaning solution on the stain and you’ll begin to see the stain gradually shrink or disappear.
  • Then, pour 1 tsp of some dishwashing powder into a spray bottle. Place some warm water in the spray bottle, and shake the bottle well. 
  • Spray this mixture gently onto the stained area and allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes without disturbance.  
  • Now again use your sponge to clean off the area with gentle, circular motions.
  • Use a clean cloth that has been soaked in warm water to scrub off the wood surface once you’re satisfied with the results. Afterward, just let it dry.

Hot Vinegar 

In the microwave heat up a bowl of vinegar until it is hot. Wipe the dirt off the wood using a clean cloth dipped into this hot vinegar.


There are circumstances in which the grease stain on your wood is simply too stubborn to remove with mild agents. This doesn’t mean you’re going to have to live with a nasty grease stain on your beautiful wooden furniture! Use this simple method to remove the grease stain and get rid of these nasty grease stains in no time! 

  • Ensure that the temperature of the iron is set to low to medium heat, because anything higher will cause the iron to overheat. 
  • Place your soft, clean cloth on the wood over the stained patch. 
  • Start ironing over the area where the cloth is put. The low to medium heat of the iron melts the grease below the fabric and absorbs it into the material.
  • Repeat this process with new pieces of clean cloth until the grease stain is all gone, to avoid transferring the grease on the cloth back onto the wood.

Only Soapy Water

Wet a clean cloth or sponge into moist, soapy water, then wipe the grease stained surface with it. Wait for at least five minutes for the soapy water to soak the grease stain, then wipe it away with a clean, dry cloth. 

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder has absorption properties in that it act like a sponge. Talcum powder can also be used to efficiently clean, absorb and clear grease stains from wood. This method works better if you can work on a grease stain right after it has been made. Grab some talcum powder and rub it all over the grease stains. Talcum powder has outstanding particles that rest comfortably in the wood fibers, removing all the oil and grease from between the fibres. Once the talcum powder has been poured over the wood, leave it undisturbed for a few hours, or ideally overnight.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle the grease stain with baking soda and let it sit for at least one hour before sweeping it away. Gently scrub the area with a clean drape dipped in moist, soapy water.

How to Remove Dried Grease Stain from Wood

Some stains are noticed a long time after the damage has already been done. The remedies already mentioned may not function on older stains in most situations. 

Older stains can be extracted from wood using mineral spirits. Example; paint thinner will work wonders to remove grease stains and give the wood a fresh look. 

How to Use

  • Just soak the mineral spirit in a soft cloth. 
  • Use this tissue to work in the direction of wood grain. 
  • Continue this process until the stain has been effectively removed from the wood. 
  • Then, wash, clean, and buff the area with the same measures as you would when using detergent. 
  • While dealing with minerals remember to protect your hands and wear rubber gloves. Also, ensure that there is proper ventilation.

How to Remove Grease Stain from Polished Wood

  • Apply a white spirit and diatomite solution to the stained region. 
  • Enable the area to dry and then brush to remove the stain. 
  • Seal the stained wood with the talcum powder. 
  • Put on a few sheets of brown paper on top of it and put a hot iron over the paper. 
  • The paper, along with the heat of the hot iron, absorbs the grease and removes the stain. 
  • If all of the above remedies fail, sand down the wood and polish it to remove the stain entirely. 

How to Remove Grease Stain from Lacquered Wood

This is so simple, just three steps away!

  • Grab baking soda and pour a sufficient quantity into a small bowl
  • Dip a clean sponge in the baking soda. 
  • Rub the sponge in the direction of the wood grain, and the stain will vanish.

How to Remove Grease Stain off Hardwood 

When you happen to have a spill on your hardwood floors, you can find that extracting oil from the wood once it starts to cool can get pretty tricky. When it cools and adheres to the surface of your hardwood floors, grease forms a sticky, dusty mess. 

You can wipe grease off hardwood floors here: 

  • Fill a small cup with white vinegar and heat it up in the microwave. 
  • Dip the end of clean cloth into the vinegar and use quick, circular motions on your hardwood floor to work on the grease. 
  • Make a mixture of warm water and soap in another tub. 
  • In this mixture, dip a clean sponge and wash the grease-stained area away with it. 
  • Allow the seasoned water mix to sit for a few minutes

How to Get Rid of Grease Stain on Wooden Furniture 

How to remove oil stains from wood furniture In the event of a recent oil stain, you’ll need to clean the oil with paper towels, newspaper, or blotting paper. 

  • Use warm water and detergent to create a soapy mixture. Mix well, making soap suds. 
  • Put some soap suds on your wood furniture (onto the oil-stained area. 
  • Apply the soap suds gently on to the affected region using clean cloth. Be careful not to scratch the wood-furniture board. 
  • Take a damp cloth and scrub your furniture using the soapy mix. 
  • Take some towels from paper and pat dry on the area. Allow the wood to air dry and stain-check. 
  • Take a small amount of oil in a clean cloth and rub in if any stains remain

Protect your Wood from Grease Stains

Although avoiding accidental oil spillage on your wood is not entirely feasible, there are a few ways you will protect your wood from oil stains. 

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance of your wooden floor and furniture should be opted for to help protect it from unsightly oil stains. 
  • You can immediately work on cleaning up any excess spillage using paper towels in case of any spillage. 
  • Clean your wooden floors daily, and protect your wooden furniture once a week. 
  • Similarly, polishing your wood can help prevent oil stains.


Try as much as possible to avoid getting grease stains on your wood floor or try to get rid of it immediately it occurs. 

Grease stain can be quite challenging to get rid of, but the good news is that it’s not impossible! Also, you can do it all by yourself!

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